Newsletter Archive:.

  October 2010  

European Platform for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (EPACBI) brings boycott movement to a higher level in Europe

The first European meeting of academics in support of the PACBI Call for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel convened in Paris on 25 and 26 September 2010. Together with a representative from PACBI, over 50 academics from nine countries discussed the coordination of the campaign across Europe in order to respond more effectively to the Call, which is backed by the majority of Palestinian civil society organizations and federations. This comes at a time of growing international strength of the boycott movement and stresses the need to address the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in denying Palestinian rights as guaranteed by international law. PACBI congratulates colleagues and supporters in Europe for their concerted efforts leading to a new dimension of boycott movement in Europe

PACBI Salutes Mike Leigh's Moral Courage

PACBI salutes the British writer and director, Mike Leigh, for supporting the cultural boycott of Israel and canceling his planned visit to it. Leigh cited the “Loyalty Oath” as the last straw, in addition to "the ongoing criminal blockade of Gaza, not to mention the endless shooting of innocent people there."

Norwegian Call for Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

"We who sign this call … are heeding [the Palestinian Call for Boycott]. We ask all cultural workers and artists, employees and students at Norwegian universities and colleges, as well as employees at research institutions and cultural institutions, to join us in this."

Guns N' Roses: An Opportunity to Untie your Hands

PACBI: "To perform in Israel is to support this oppressive and racist power and ignore a people’s non-violent struggle for freedom. We therefore ask that you do not play in Israel."


PACBI Editorial
From Johannesburg to Oslo, the Israel academic boycott spreads

With the 29 September 2010 decision by the Senate of the University of Johannesburg "not to continue a long-standing relationship with Ben Gurion University (BGU) in Israel in its present form" and to set conditions "for the relationship to continue," a new campaign for the academic boycott of Israel was born at the southern tip of the African continent. Almost in tandem, on 11 October, at the northern tip of the European continent, a fresh academic and cultural boycott was announced in Oslo, endorsed by 100 leading Norwegian figures in the academy, culture and sports.

Two weeks earlier, the European Platform for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (EPACBI) was established, after a successful meeting in Paris between 50 representatives of academic boycott campaigns from 9 European countries and a PACBI representative. The meeting was called at the initiative of the French campaign, AURDIP (Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine), and BRICUP (British Committee for the Universities of Palestine).

Across the Atlantic, in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), on 22 October, BDS supporters and organizers -- academics, students, trade unionists, feminists, LGBT activists, indigenous rights advocates, etc. – gathered at the particularly inspiring opening of a BDS Conference. The academic BDS workshop witnessed one of the liveliest discussions about the many campus divestment and other academic boycott campaigns planned across Canada for this new school year.

BfW to Linkin Park: Cancel Show in Apartheid Israel!

Israeli group supporting the BDS Call, Boycott from Within, urges Linkin Park to cancel Israel gig so long as "Israel remains on its racist and oppressive track with impunity?"

Cancel Israel trip, Tutu tells SA Opera

Desmond Tutu says Cape Town Opera performance in Israel would be unconscionable (full statement). PACBI urges the Opera not to whitewash Israeli war crimes

Esack: 'Why Israel only' is tired and hypocritical

Why single out Israel? Because Israel is the only serial human rights abuser that enjoys consistent and enthusiastic support by all the liberal democracies of the North.

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